WASHPaLS Research and Learning for Sanitation in Senegal – Final Findings Report and Supplementary Resources

Summary

Senegal has made significant strides toward adopting and providing hygienic and environmentally safe sanitation. Basic sanitation coverage has increased while open defecation (OD) levels have decreased. The capital city of Dakar is among the leading examples in the global South fostering public-private partnerships and innovations to increase safe fecal sludge management (FSM). Senegal has also embarked on developing the circular sanitation economy as a long-term solution to improve health and environmental outcomes.

However, to sustain progress, significant regional and income disparities in access to basic sanitation need to be resolved. To increase safe waste management nationally, growing private sector partnerships and infrastructure for FSM in urban markets outside of Dakar is essential. Senegal’s circular sanitation economy is nascent, just as it is globally. 

Against this backdrop, the USAID Mission to Senegal aims to support the development of a dynamic private sector by addressing the barriers to private sector participation in the circular sanitation sector. To inform the priorities for the Mission, the Government of Senegal, and other stakeholders, the Mission tasked the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project to conduct a two-part assessment across Senegal’s sanitation value chain.

This is the final report resulting from that assessment. It is available in both English and French. Many supplementary resources were developed alongside the final report; languages in which the documents are available are noted in the parentheses below: